National delight for Harriers veteran’s

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CUMBERNAULD staged the National Cross Country Relays last weekend, with seven teams pulling on the green and white vest of Gala Harriers to tackle the 4km course.

In the women’s race, veterans Fiona Dalgleish, Gillian Duncan and Jenny Forbes took to the start line. Dalgleish ran a fantastic opening leg (16.10), with Duncan (17.26) handing over to Forbes. The final 500m saw one of the closest finishes of the day, with Forbes’ 16.14 time ensuring victory.

The second women’s team of Rachel Fagan (16.37), Nicola Porterfield (17.41) and Anya Campbell (17.21) finished 28th overall.

A field of 104 senior men’s teams set off on the first leg. Fergus Johnston (13.41), Mark Bryson (14.41) and Derrick Brydon (16.22) negotiated the mad dash to the first corner before handing over to Colin McCall (14.32), Dave Nightingale (15.40) and Rory Campbell (16.26). On the third leg Graham Manczak dug deep to run 14.36. Also on leg three were Billy McCulloch (16.37) and Andrew Lawrie (15.38). On the final leg, Graeme Murdoch (13.28) clocked the quickest Harrier time of the day, giving the top team a 29th-place finish. Sinclair Hill placed his team 61st and sixth in the vets category. James Purves (19.40) completed the set for the gents.

Two junior boys’ teams were led off by Corri Campbell (10.28) and Mark Purves (12.21). Corri handed over to Joe Wilson (10.26), while Joey Brown ran 9.20 to pick up 40 places and claim the fastest U13 time of the day.

Thomas Otton (9.01) picked up 10 places, bringing the A team home in 32nd, while James Mercer (10.01) brought the B entry home in 56th.